Red taxis fight back with new app

After months of demonstrations that did nothing more than make everyone angry, the red taxis are now attempting to fight their competition Uber at their own game. Monday the red taxis application Taxis of Costa Rica made its debut. It’s similar to the Uber application and works with Android and iOS. This application also allows for special needs notifications like bringing along a pet. La Nación

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Ticos work a lot, produce little

The average worker in Costa Rica puts in more hours than anyone else in the world other than Mexicans. Yet Costa Rica doesn’t even rank in productivity according to a new economic report. Critics feel Ticos need a different paradigm to be more productive. One idea is for Ticos to work only four days a week but put in longer hours. Another idea is to encourage more telecommuting. CR Hoy

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Road death campaign goes theatrical

Monday people on the streets of San Jose may have witnessed a mini play of sorts. It consisted of two actors carrying a casket. The production, the third of its kind, was the work of the Road Safety Council (Cosevi) to promote safer driving. In 2016, 451 motorists died. About 44 percent were motorcyclists. La Nación

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The long and winding road to San Carlos

The long awaited new road connecting San Ramón to San Carlos has been in the works for about a dozen years now and won’t likely be completed any time soon. This is a very topologically challenging stretch. The construction has been stopped again, started again by geotechnical faults. Many have been resolved, but about 40 engineering problems still exist. CR Hoy

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It’s telecommuting time

With the closing of the “Platinum” bridge for several weeks, government officials believe now is the perfect time to promote working at home to avoid adding to the maddening traffic delays. According to the expert in labor law, José Joaquín Acuña, teleworking in the private sector is not regulated, so any company can offer the option to its employees and vice versa. Prensa Libre

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More problems in Palmares

Despite organizers’ attempts to make this year’s Palmares festival more family-oriented, security is having to deal with young adults who drink and use drugs until they drop. Since the festival opened Thursday, dozens of young people between the ages of 20 and 25 have passed out and collapsed. About 180 people have been stopped, mostly on drug charges. CR Hoy

 

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